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Old 11-19-2009, 07:16 PM
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Ok, I'm getting pretty ticked about my turn signal. I originally thought it was my relay, but I have the same problem. Basically when I want to use my turn signal I have to PUSH it away from me for it to work properly. If I let go of it after I push it (either for right or left turns) it will do one of three things. 1) Continue to work for a short while and turn off. 2) Blink back and forth between left and right turn signals. 3) Not work at all. I really don't want to take apart the steering column to access this to fix it in the dead of winter with no garage to work in. Any tips or ideas?
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:04 PM
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the only thing i can think og it could be in the multifunction switch
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Your multifunction switch will be the culprit. I work at a dodge dealer ship and sell a ton of these. They all come in for similar problems, and my 04 did a similar thing as well. Not a very expensive or time consuming fix.
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Kgmunro, can you explain a little on how to go about repairing this switch? I'm decent with tools, but I don't have access to a garage so I'll have to wait for decent weather if it's time consuming. Thanks for the help on answering this question, much appreciated.
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Yeah, the multifunction switch is going bad. You don't repair them, you replace them.
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You will have to be extremely careful . You will need to remove the airbag and clockspring . Might want to reconsider and let the pros do it .
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WARNING: To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.




1. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
2. Remove the screw (2) that secures the tilt steering column knob (1) and remove it from the tilt actuator (3) on the left side of the column.




3. From below the steering column, remove the two outboard screws that secure the upper column shroud (1) to the lower shroud (3).
4. Using hand pressure, press inward on both sides of the upper shroud above the parting line of the lower shroud to release the snap features that secure the two shroud halves to each other.
5. Remove the upper shroud from the lower shroud and the steering column.
6. Remove the one center screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column (4).
7. Remove the lower shroud from the steering column.




8. Disconnect the wire harness connector (2) from the back of the multi-function switch housing (1).
9. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to access and remove the two screws (4) that secure the switch to the multi-function switch mounting housing (3).
10. Grasp the switch control stalk and pull it toward the left side of the vehicle to remove the switch from the mounting housing.
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WARNING: To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.




1. Slide the multi-function switch (1) into the multi-function switch mounting housing (3) from the left side. Be certain that the alignment pins on the top and bottom of the switch are properly engaged in the channels of the mounting housing.
2. Rotate the steering wheel far enough to install and tighten the two screws (4) that secure the switch to the mounting housing. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (20 in. lbs.).
3. Reconnect the wire harness connector (2) to the back of the switch housing.




4. Position the lower shroud (3) onto the steering column (4).
5. From below the steering column, install and tighten the one center screw that secures the lower shroud to the steering column. Tighten the screw to 2 Nm (20 in. lbs.).
6. Position the upper shroud (1) onto the steering column over the lower shroud. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, be certain to engage the gearshift lever gap hider into the opening in the right side of both shroud halves.
7. Align the snap features on the upper shroud with the receptacles in the lower shroud and apply hand pressure to snap them together.
8. Install and tighten the two outboard screws that secure the upper shroud to the lower shroud. Tighten the screws to 2 Nm (20 in. lbs.).




9. Position the tilt steering column knob (1) onto the tilt adjuster actuator (3) on the left side of the steering column, then install and tighten the screw (2) to secure the knob to the actuator. Tighten the screw to 2 Nm (20 in. lbs.).
10. Reconnect the battery negative cable.
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Nice find kgmunro . Rep for that .
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LOL, umm yeah we're past 5 steps and there is a warning at the beginning of each post. I'm going to talk to my dealer and see what they can do since I just bought the truck (w/extended warranty) 6 months ago. Either way, it'll be a job for the pros. Thank you so much for helping me find the reason to it malfunctioning.
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